Eggplant Phomopsis Blight – Reasons For Eggplant Leaf Spot And Fruit Rot

By January 8, 2018Articles

Eggplant Phomopsis Blight – Reasons For Eggplant Leaf Spot And Fruit Rot

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener When growing eggplants in the garden, it isn’t uncommon to have issues now and then. One of these may include phomopsis blight. What is phomopsis blight of eggplant? Eggplant leaf spot and fruit rot, caused by the fungus Phomopsis vexans, is a destructive fungal disease that affects primarily fruit, stems and leaves. Left uncontrolled, phomopsis blight in eggplants can cause the fruit to rot and become inedible. Read on for more information about blight in eggplants. Symptoms of Eggplant Phomopsis Blight On seedlings, phomopsis blight of eggplant causes dark brown lesions, just above the soil line. As the disease develops, the lesions turn gray and the stems eventually collapse and the plant dies. Blight in eggplants on established plants is evidenced by gray or brown, oval or round spots on the leaves and stems. The center of the spots lighten in

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